Day 53, Thursday, September 6, 2018
Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine
I had another full day in Acadia National Park, and it happened to be my birthday!
I started out by checking out the Bass Harbor Head Light. You might not know this lighthouse by name, but I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize it. The Bass Harbor Head Light was built in 1858 and sits 56 feet above the mean high water mark. In 1876, they added a fog bell and the tower. The light was originally fitted with a 5th Order Fresnel lens, but a 4th Order Fresnel lens was installed in 1901 to give it more light. It had a range of 13 nautical miles (15 miles).
You can descend a wooden staircase to access the rocks below the lighthouse. This is the best view of the light, so make sure you make the extra effort! The rocks have plenty of tide pools to explore as well. I love seeing all the little sea creatures in their natural habitat. I spoke with a local man who was doing the stairs for exercise, and he gave me a great recommendation for where to get a delicious lobster roll – I tucked that tidbit away for lunchtime…
I went for a short hike on the Ship Harbor Trail to a small secluded cove, and saw only a few other hikers along the way. The view was nothing amazing, but it was nice to get a hike in the woods. I did see a cute woodpecker and took approximately 927 terrible pictures of him! The photo I included was my best bad bird pic of the day… Then I headed over to the Seawall to explore the area. It is a beautiful rocky beach, with picnic tables and plenty of space to stay away from the crowds.
By this point, I was hungry, so I headed over to Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound to try out their lobster roll! I ordered a lobster roll ($19.95) and a blueberry soda float ($5.95). They were both delicious! I hung around and talked to the owner for a bit because it was raining – he was very friendly and even tried to convince me to move to Maine. Believe me, I’m tempted!
Behind Charlotte’s are some goats that the kids will love, and an old family cemetery. One of the tombstones said that the teenager died at the Connecticut State Hospital in 1872, and it made me wonder why the family chose to place that on his stone. The owners of the restaurant have an appreciation for the history of the area, and maintain the small plot. I found some deer munching on fallen apples too!
My last stop for the afternoon was at a lakeside swimming area. It was too chilly to consider jumping in, but there were some hardier souls than me!
Acadia National Park really impressed me. I loved the gorgeous shoreline and the natural diversity within the park. I can’t wait to visit again!